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Old November 8th, 2014, 01:54 PM   #21
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Thank you spectre000 for all the research & work you did to compile that thorough detailed list of planned, proposed & under-construction projects in St. Paul. With all the new residential projects, St. Paul will continue to increase its population base & go well above 300k in the next census. I believe it'll go to an all-time high with continued construction & rehab development.
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Spectre when you say large mixed use does that mean there is a chance of a 20-30 story building?
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Old November 9th, 2014, 08:30 AM   #23
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Saint Paul laid out a vision for 4 downtown locations last March in their downtown development strategy report here: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/252934521.html

A little gem from page 27 regarding Lowertown: "It was recently recognized as home to the highest concentration of hipsters in the U.S."

Who knows what will materialize from the vision...


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Highland Park Library re-opens Nov. 16. The renovations look really cool! I'm surprised I haven't heard about this until now.
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How Many Projects are currently underway in Downtown St. Paul?
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Old November 13th, 2014, 04:09 PM   #26
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A little Throw Back Thursday.

From Saint Paul Revisited (Facebook). Tons of great photos on that page. Highly recommend it.

1978


Lexington Park, 1930.


New York Life Building on Minnesota St circa 1960's. (The eagle statue still exists in a park up Summit Hill near the University Club).


Mears Park looking west where Galtier Plaza now stands. Late 1970's.


Painters putting on a fresh coat of paint on the First National Bank Building, 1952.
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Old November 13th, 2014, 06:16 PM   #27
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That.is.so.cool!!!!!! Thanks!
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Old November 13th, 2014, 07:40 PM   #28
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The TIF district for the Custom House project was approved yesterday.

Also the zoning issue behind the Sibley Plaza redevelopment on West 7th goes before the Planning Commission tomorrow. So far one of the subcommittees has voted not to go with the restrictive TN (traditional neighborhood) zoning. The developers had threatened to cancel it unless they had the original B (business) zoning.
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Old November 13th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #29
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The developers had threatened to cancel it unless they had the original B (business) zoning.
I have a feeling the developers can, and probably will, still redevelop even if the zoning is changed; they'd just have to go back to the drawing board a bit. I'd rather the zoning be changed and wait for a better development, personally.

The Old Home construction site at University & Western seems to be in full swing…big piles of dirt and window openings being chiseled out of the building's wall.
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Old November 13th, 2014, 11:01 PM   #30
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I have a feeling the developers can, and probably will, still redevelop even if the zoning is changed; they'd just have to go back to the drawing board a bit. I'd rather the zoning be changed and wait for a better development, personally.
Yeah, we've certainly seen developers raise all kinds of hell in the past over various issues. After all their shouting they usually wind up retinkering it and moving forward anyways.

I'm okay with the development as is though and would rather see it built sooner rather than later. Even if a newer version has some better 7th Street frontage. But sometimes the longer a project takes to get off the ground, the higher the chance it never does.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #31
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From the Vintage on Selby's Facebook page,


"The snow hasn't slowed down our construction team at Vintage!"
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A little Throw Back Thursday.

From Saint Paul Revisited (Facebook). Tons of great photos on that page. Highly recommend it.

1978


Lexington Park, 1930.


New York Life Building on Minnesota St circa 1960's. (The eagle statue still exists in a park up Summit Hill near the University Club).


Mears Park looking west where Galtier Plaza now stands. Late 1970's.


Painters putting on a fresh coat of paint on the First National Bank Building, 1952.
In my earlier yrs. of traveling to the Twin Cities, St. Paul was the city with the more intricate architecture of the 2 cities. Downtown St. Paul has changed plenty since the 1978 photo. Wish that I was able to spend more time on development in St. Paul, but only have so many hrs. a day to work on the existing proposals for Minneapolis. St. Paul might have the quieter news story development, but they're doing quite well despite being almost ignored. St. Paul's population will continue to grow at a nice manageable pace for a longtime with the planning they're doing.
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Old November 16th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #33
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Here's a picture of the former post office building. A construction elevator has been installed at the top. Walking around the building there are some Tyvek sheets over the first floor windows (the non Kellogg Blvd) side as well. I can't wait to see this building teeming with life again in a couple of years.

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Old November 18th, 2014, 04:19 AM   #34
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Johnson Brothers are presenting the initial redevelopment plans for the US Bank site tomorrow to the Highland Park district council.


http://www.twincities.com/localnews/...ook-at-plans-u
..."only a portion of the site and is entirely devoted to luxury apartments and related parking and amenities," according to a letter to neighbors from the Johnson Bros. and Shepard Development LLC."...


Sounds alright for a first phase. I hope the follow up includes some commercial and retail uses though. We don't need a bedroom community.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #35
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Adam Voge (F&C) tweeted major retailers, health club chain, MnWild rumored to be looking at Macy's.














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Does the future of the Riverview Corridor include light rail?

I really hope this alignment would be LRT even if it is a decade away. There is so much potential to revive that part of the city.

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The Riverview Corridor, once in line to be the one of the Twin Cities’ first mass transit routes, isn’t back from the dead quite yet. But the long-studied corridor, which runs from St. Paul’s Union Depot to the airport and Mall of America, is at least showing signs of life.
A decade and a half after falling victim to neighborhood objections and recession-era budget cuts — and just months from being targeted by the Metropolitan Council as an East Metro bus rapid transit corridor — it has been resurrected for a broader study of how to expand transit.
It could still end up being served by bus rapid transit, often referred to as BRT. It could also be designated for light rail, however.


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Old November 21st, 2014, 04:17 PM   #37
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HealthPartners details plans for new St. Paul neuroscience clinic

"...a neuroscience center that the nonprofit health care organization plans to open at 295 Phalen Blvd. When it opens in early 2017, the four-story structure would be the largest free-standing neuroscience center in the Upper Midwest..."

"...The 130,000-square-foot, four-story building will be within a mile of Regions Hospital. It will house an on-site lab and X-ray and MRI equipment, with dedicated space for physical, occupational and speech therapy. The building will be able to accommodate research and clinical trials. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2017..."
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Old November 21st, 2014, 10:18 PM   #38
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A couple new renders of Opus' 7 Corners projects. Found these in a recent Welsh market report.


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Old November 22nd, 2014, 01:20 AM   #39
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A few more details revealed about Johnson Bros redevelopment on Shepherd Rd.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/...d-shepard-road

"...long-term plans for up to seven new luxury apartment or mixed-use buildings along the Mississippi riverfront in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood..."

"...will seek variances for 70 feet to accommodate five levels of residences and two levels of above-ground parking. Up to seven homes in the area would have to be demolished or relocated.

The first building would have 210 luxury rental units, with construction to begin in the summer of 2015, pending approval from the city. The entire development could take 10 years to complete..."




Here's the building,
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 09:48 PM   #40
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Drove by the Vintage site and the precast concrete sections are above ground on the north side.

A crane went up at the Waters of Highland Park site.
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